Simple and Natural Home Remedies For Sore Throat

Simple and Natural Home Remedies For Sore Throat

Figure 1. Sore throat - Pain or scratchiness in the throat.
Sore throats are usually painful and annoying. They cause discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat and worsens when you swallow.

Sore throats are common and can affect people of all ages. Usually soreness is worse in the morning and improves gradually as the day progresses.

Generally sore throats are minor illness and go away without medical treatment. Home treatment provides temporary relief for sore throat. The following tips are safe, effective and help you feel better.


Tip 1. Gargle with Salt Water

Gargling with warm salt water is an old-fashioned effective treatment to relieve pain and swelling from throat. The hot water soothes the achy sore throat. The salt water component loosens the mucus and helps to flush out the bacteria.

In a glass of warm water, dissolve a half teaspoon of salt. Gargle the solution and spit it out. Gargle for about one to two minutes. Repeat up to four times a day with an interval of at least two hours. If you do not like salty taste, then add 1/4 teaspoon of honey to the salty warm water.

Figure 2. Dissolve half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm waterFigure 3. Gargle the salt water.

  • Do not boil the water too much as it may burn your throat while drinking it.
  • Once you gargle, do not drink anything cold.

Tip 2. Drink Hot Fluids

Figure 4. Drink lot of hot fluidsFluids decrease throat irritation and keeps your throat moist. Stay hydrated by drinking hot fluids such as tea or soup. Take at least 3 liters of water everyday. Prefer hot fluids to cold ones.

Drink Tea

Green tea.  Lowers down the swelling.
Herbal tea. Strengthens immunity and offers immediate and soothing relief for a sore throat. You could also add a teaspoon of honey to        the herbal tea.

Figure 5. Hot Chicken Soup.
Drink Chicken Soup

Chicken soup soothes a sore throat and provides enough nutrients and extra energy to the body.




Tip 3. Use Humidifier or Vaporizer

Figure 6. Warm or cool mist soothes your throat.Warm or cool mist soothes the swollen air passages, relieves hoarseness, and also prevents your throat from becoming dry. Run a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom. If you do not have a humidifier, turn on the shower and sit in the steamy restroom for several minutes.

Do not let your room be very cold or very damp.


Tip 4. Drink Honey

Honey has antibacterial properties which accelerates healing by reducing swelling and irritation.

Figure 7. Honey reduces swelling and irritation.How can you consume honey?

With hot water or tea 

Add 3 to 4 teaspoons of honey to 1 cup of hot water or tea.

With lemon juice

Combine two tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of hot lemonade(juice of half a lemon with hot water). Let the honey dissolve well then sip it.

With apple cider vinegar

Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of honey. Stir well and sip it.

With cinnamon

Boil 1.5 cups of water. Add an inch of cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder and a pinch of pepper. Discard the cinnamon just before drinking, add honey.

Tip 5. Drink Turmeric Milk

Figure 8. Turmeric Milk.
Turmeric milk will soothe your throat and give a good relief. Add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, a pinch of ground pepper and a teaspoon of honey (optional) to a glass of hot milk, and drink up to 3 times a day. 


Tip 6. Eat Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Vitamin C, an antioxidant, boosts your immune system.  Eat vitamin C fruits and antioxidant-rich foods atleast three times a day.
As mentioned earlier, combine two tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of hot lemonade (juice of half a lemon with hot water). Let the honey dissolve well then sip it.

Vitamin C fruits. Spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, pineapple, cantaloupe, citrus, red peppers, mango, papaya, strawberries, watermelon,  cauliflower, green, sweet and white potatoes, kiwi, and squash.

Antioxidant-rich foods. Kidney beans, wild blueberries, pecans, red beans, cranberries, artichoke, dried prunes, apples, raspberries, and cherries.

Figure 9. Vitamin C fruits. Figure 10. Combine two tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of hot lemonade.



Tip 7. Eat Cardamom

Figure 11. Brown seeds from cardamom pods.
For sore throat, cardamom acts as a good remedy.

Take out the brown seeds from cardamom pods, and roast it with small amount of black pepper. Combine this mixture with a teaspoon of honey and eat it at regular intervals. You can also use the crushed cardamom in the tea and drink it.



Tip 8. Try Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger tea is a traditional cure for sore throat.

Ginger tea. Just boil a glass of water, add crushed ginger and boil for 3 to 5 minutes. You can also add cardamom and tea powder (whichever you normally use at home). While consuming, add a teaspoon of honey. Drink ginger juice three times a day.
Figure 12. Ginger - a traditional cure for sore throat.


Figure 13. Chew basil leaves to get relieved from sore throat.Tip 9. Eat Basil

Chew basil leaves 1- to 15 basil leaves after meals. It flushes phlegm to a great extent.
You can also add few basil leaves to a glass of water and bring the water to boil.  When the basil water becomes lukewarm, you can either drink or gargle it.


Tip 10. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

Figures 14. Apple Cider Vinegar.
A simple remedy that can cure the sore throat easily.

Gargle with diluted apple cider vinegar. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after you gargle once in three hours.

Combine 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 1/4 of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of honey and salt. Drink four cups a day.



Tip 11. Apply Thiruman (Naamakatti)

Namakatti looks like a chalk piece, but it is made up of solid clay. It is also harder than a regular chalk.

Crush little thiruman (namakatti) and make it a paste using little warm water. Apply this mixture externally on your throat. It offers a great relief for sore throat.

Figure 15. Crush little thiruman (namakatti) and make it a paste using little warm water.




Tip 12. Try Steam

Figure 16. Cover your head and the vessel using a towel such that the steam does not escape.
Hot vapors help clear the air passages and release mucus.

Heat a vessel full of water. Bend forward slightly over the vessel. Cover your head and the vessel using a towel such that the steam does not escape. You could also add few drops of eucalyptus oil in the water and inhale it.

You should be able to inhale the steam through your nose and mouth. Be careful while inhaling the steam. You may spill the water and hurt yourself.






Tip 13. Eat Onion

Figure 17. Raw onionsOnions destroy the germs in the mouth.

Fry small onions in ghee and eat it along with palm sugar (panakalkandu).

Extract juice from onion say 1 cup and add a teaspoon of honey and stir well. Drink this juice twice a day.             .

Tip 14. Consume Black Pepper

Figure 18. Black pepper and its powder.
To the hot rice, add freshly ground pepper, cumin seeds, and salt along with little ghee and eat it.

Add black pepper powder to warm water. Then gargle it thrice a day.

Eat 5 to 6 black peppercorns.

Add half teaspoon of black pepper powder to 1 glass of hot milk and drink twice a day.

Tip 15. Use Eucalyptus Leaves / Eucalyptus Oil 

Figure 19. Eucalyptus leaves.
Eucalyptus eases mucus and soothes the inflammation.

Add few drops of eucalyptus oil/eucalyptus leaves in a steam of water and inhale it. You can also use it in a humidifier.



Tip 16. Try Cinnamon

Cinnamon provides an effective remedy for sore throat.

Add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in warm milk and drink three times a day.

Boil 2 cups of water, add a piece of cinnamon piece and a dash of black pepper. Boil for 5 more minutes. Strain the water and add a teaspoon of honey just before drinking it.

Figure 20. Cinnamon and its powder.


Tip 17. Try Fenugreek Seeds

 Figure 21. Fenugreek seeds.Fenugreek seeds have excellent properties to clear mucus.

Bring three glass of water to a boil and add four teaspoons of fenugreek seeds to it. Then strain the water and gargle it three times a day. You could also add a teaspoon of lemon juice or honey to it.          



Tip 18. Eat Trilobatum Leaves (Thoothuvalai Keerai)

Figure 22. Trilobatum leaves (Thoothuvalai keerai).
Fry Trilobatum leaves (thoothuvalai keerai) in ghee and eat it.



Tip 19. Use Rice Water

Figure 23. Rice water.
Rice water is the water drained from the boiled rice.
Add palm sugar and ghee or butter to the water and drink it.

Tip 20. Try Aloe Vera

Aloe vera brings a great relief to the irritated sore throat. Gargle aloe vera liquid at least three times a day.

Figure 24. Aloe Vera.


Tip 21. Try Liquorice (Athimadhuram)

Figure 25. Liquorice (Athimadhuram).
When you have throat irritation or hoarseness, just chew the liquorice (athimadhuram).





Tip 22. Eat Gooseberry

Dry the gooseberry and powder it. For 100gm of gooseberry powder, add 50gm of jaggery and a pinch of turmeric powder to it and eat three times a day.


 Figure 26. Gooseberry.

Tip 23. Eat Garlic

Figure 27. Garlic.
Garlic boosts the immune system and has anti-inflammation properties.

You can either drink it as a juice prepared using only garlic and honey. You can also eat raw garlic. Though garlic does not give you good breadth, it helps to cure a sore throat.




Tip 24. Eat Cumin Seeds

Figure 28. Cumin Seeds.
Boil cumin seeds in water and drink often.



Tip 25. Drink Horsegram Soup (Kollu Rasam)

Figure 29. Horsegram seeds (Kollu).
Horsegram soup provides a good relief for sore throat. Drink horsegram soup once a day.



Tip 26. Take Rest

Figure 30. Get extra sleep and rest your voice.
Get extra sleep and rest your voice. Give rest to your throat and don’t talk too much.




Tip 27. Maintain Personal Hygiene

Figure 31. Wash your hands using antiseptic soap.Wash your hands regularly with antiseptic soap.

Discard the toothbrush that you used during throat infection and buy a new one.

Immunize the body against flu.



Tips & Warnings.
Figure 32. No smoking.

  • Stay away from cigarette smoke, smoke pollution, tobacco, alcohol, dairy products and chocolate.
  • Avoid cola drinks and other cold drinks like juices. It will make you sicker.



Figure 33. Any other home remedies for sore throat?

Anyone else with any other home remedies that they would like to share, please feel free to comment. Thanks!



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